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October 2007

Pineappleweed

It’s almost a shame to call this a weed, except that it doesn’t respect the boundaries of your garden. At 6 to 18 in. tall, this annual weed has finely divided leaves that smell like pineapple when they’re bruised.

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Video: Wrap a tree

On sunny winter days, the bark of young trees can develop frost cracks. It’s a good idea to protect them by wrapping their trunks in fall with some white tree wrap.

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Dodder

Dodder is a parasite with suckerlike roots that penetrate into another plant’s stem to gather nutrients and water.

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Garter snakes

Common garter snakes are sometimes called garden snakes. The yellow stripes you see in the photo give these snakes their name.

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Crown gall

A good word to describe crown gall on roses and other ornamental plants is “yuck.” The lumpy growths around the base of the plant are unattractive, to say the least.

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